In the great journey from stepping stone to stepping stone. I love process, and I love other people's stories and process. Easily inspiring, every step becoming a part of a larger story. So I don't diminish process...but rather embrace it hand in hand with others and the One who calls me further on 💓#life#sojourner
Enjoying what feels like a rare moment of stillness and silence in one of my favorite places in CO today. Ever since I left for my sojourn in January -- and since I've come back to the US -- life feels deeper and more intense than it has in a long time. Sometimes to my own and I'm sure many others' surprise, I'm still learning every day from my travels. I found myself upset about receiving two parking tickets in the past day, and around this same time I was stewing in anger, I read again in the news about Myanmar and what's happening there. I was just there a few months ago, and am so saddened and shocked to hear the struggle many people there are going through. And then it hit me: it is a privilege I own a car and live somewhere right now that has roads and systems in place that keep them clean and safe and has rules that ticket drivers not in compliance. This is all the mindset shift I needed to totally change my mood and day. My good friend @laurenbet had a stolen vehicle driven by a wanted felon crash into her house yesterday in a high speed police chase. My first thought when I heard (after I knew she was safe) was, it is a privilege she had a house that could get hit! I might sound crazy, but I feel like many of us take things for granted. This has been one of my toughest hurdles since I've been back--- seeing people and myself taking things for granted every day that billions in the world may never have the opportunity to have/experience. I challenge you to try and flip your thinking the next time you're down. *steps down from soapbox*
•Ive seen the vast, the beautiful, the breath taking • I've seen the broken, the abandoned, the hopeless • In the midst of the heartache I can look forward and see the end of all pain • In the midst of beauty I can look forward and know it's but a whisper of the beauty that eternity holds for us • We are strangers to this world, passing through this blip in time, knowing that our home is yet to come • Sojourners, live in the light of eternity•
"A platform of faith keeps one from slipping."
Reading through second peter the first chapter just wow! He exhorts us to be diligent in setting the perfect groundings for our faith! First giving diligence so being serious about it and intentional. To your faith virtue comes about and with the virtue being imbedded knowledge appears. With knowledge comes a lot of responsibility which means you need to practice self control. When times come tough we persevere depending on Gods plan. Godliness becomes your new identity and will be evident through all you do and say. How do we treat one another? Brotherly kindness is so difficult because we can not achieve this unless God is in is. All in all this will all be collectively supported by LOVE. Brothers and sisters I encourage you alongside myself to set our lives straight and have our faith be aligned in truth. Peter then even goes as far as if we have all of these supporting us we shall never stumble. I believe that truth! This is truth right into my life right now that I need to recollect myself and base my faith on these stepping stones. #truth#bibleneverlies#whatineeded#exhortaion#2peter1#digdeeper#sojourner#kauaiaswhy#northshoregirl#dontgetcomfortable
In zwei Tagen erscheint via @krodrecords mit @coldreadingbands "SOJOURNER" eine der besten EPs des Jahres! Bereits heute darf ich euch in Zusammenarbeit mit #fleetunion die vier neuen Songs made in Switzerland bei einem exklusiven Radio-Pre-Listening vorstellen ➡19 Uhr, www.radioq.de
"Die Texte erzählen Momente einer persönlichen Reise. Auf meinem Weg lernte ich Hoffnung zu schöpfen und Trost in mir selber zu finden, indem es mir besser gelang, Rückschläge hinzunehmen und das Scheitern als Teil einer Entwicklung zu verstehen. Mich mit mir selbst zu versöhnen ist für mich die wichtigste Voraussetzung, um mich selbst zu akzeptieren."
I've been deeply moved the last week by an ever-increasing awareness of the beautiful place that exists between what has been and what is to come. That place is my Now and it's a refuge so tranquil, so utterly surreal, it transcends anything I've ever experienced. It's a space where complete acceptance of what may come supersedes fear, worry, anxiety or expectation.
I'm between homes, staying with Deb and Joe in their RV in another town since a couple days post-Irma. There's no electricity or landline yet at my house; I'm unable to send out texts consistently. Buying ice is still hit-or-miss but gas lines have gotten shorter. National Guardsmen are handing out water and MRE's at my local fire station to occupants of a seemingly endless line of cars. Flooding has gradually receded, allowing us to continue yard clean up. Nearly every curb is adorned with huge piles of tree limbs and debris waiting for pick up. Someone a few streets over has had electric for three days; we wonder when ours will come.
In the meantime, I travel back and forth with Cali to do what I can at my place, returning to Deb's after dinner. I'm abundantly blessed by their hospitality toward Cali and I as we wait for some return to normalcy - then it hits me... THIS is our new normal. It's only a temporary situation; yet, there is so much to be learned from every event that's happened.
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"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
I just spent the day with a group of lovely ladies filled with Love for the Lord. It's interesting thinking of all the ways we are different yet put us together with the common goal of Worship and we feel as one.
I feel renewed and ready to work hard fulfilling my purpose here on Earth.
Reading through 2John this morning in my Devon and it's exactly what I needed. After finishing Hebrews I was wondering where to read next and I flipped to 2John and boom. This woman he is addressing had ones whom she had raised; I don't know if physically or also spiritually. John here exhorts here that he's stoked they are walking in the truth.... but. They are not quit there with their compacity to love one another. We push love to the back and say it's too mushy for me. WAIT! Love is how you are here today. How do you think you are out of your pit you dug in your sins? How are you joyful now for no reason? How do you have family wherever you go in this world? Wake up and see that we; yes we are lacking in the true meaning of love. Don't get carried away and think the romantic love but the lay down all of you to put their needs before your own. I admit it straight up that I am a selfish person and desire to have people have my back and love and encourage me, but I'm called first to do so. Not doing it to expect the rewards around the corner but in obedience to the Lords calling over my life. We can all learn from John here and be an intentional person! Don't let living life take over but go through life DAY BY DAY. Now go out and love! That gets me through my days at work. I meet people all around the world in my job and I have the prime opportunity to love them in simply doing "my job". Go above and beyond not for the tip like some people who just do it for the money. I think that if we are faithful and genuine rewards come and not always in dollar bills. Many times it's different! I've received a devotional, hugs, first name basis, being prayed for, encouraged, and true interactions that warm the soul on both ends. #whyidomyjob#weary#sojourner#kauaiaswhy#northshoregirl#keeppressingon#cantwaittoseemyfamily#islandliving#encouraged
"Grace unending all my days
You give me strength to run this race." - Grace Unmeasured (Sovereign Grace Music)
En route to Nashville for the Getty Music Worship Conference. Been looking forward to this conference for months now. Pray for fruit! "I will ponder all Your work and meditate on Your mighty deeds." (Psalm 77:12)
A T T A C H E D • I fell in love with Cuba, its people, its pace, its oceans, its life.
I bought this ring in Havana. STORY T I M E: that day, both of my friends had flown back home. I decided to take a taxi to the Fería where they sell tons of souvenirs. First one came, told him where I was going and how much I offered. He laughed so I told him to go away. 2, 5, 10, 15 minutes later? Same thing. Needless to say, without the girls, I found myself waiting and paying way more for transportation. But my day wasn't ruined. I was in Cuba and I had discovered this little gem. Now, I cannot seem to be separated from it (whether it matches with my outfit or not 😂).
Has this ever happened to you before? Feeling attached to an object or a piece land?
·TOUGH DAYS THAT ONLY GOT TOUGHER·
#fbt to days that were tough on their own yet, we sort of knew tougher days were coming 😣😂.
When I look at this weak, tired smile, I remember it was still the purest of smiles; it was devoid of any care in the world (not even the elevator stopping and someone else getting in 😰😂) because I thought, what's there not to love about tough|er days? What's there not to love about the fire, the storm, the uncertainties and all that seemed like losses 😩?
Don't get me wrong. I don't think I'd have willingly dragged myself into those situations but being in them without an option per say, I believed I could never come out the same; I understood that I was going to experience a new dimension of God's strength, love, lead, and more. I was going to be a better version of who I was; full of more strength and wisdom and with a greater ability to resonate with and help those who walked the path(s) similar to mine or had no similarities at all. I believed that questionable as a whole number of events had been, whether I was at fault or not, I was never alone.
I resolved not to fight the path I have been called to walk. I wasn't going to grumble through it and have a miserable life. I embraced the fire, I embraced the storms and I did it with a heart that yielded an undefeatable smile. I did it with the help of He who calms the storms and owns even the darkest of places (Aye, Abba!👐🏼)
I know that YOU, no matter what, are undefeatable except you choose otherwise.
"Let the waters rise I will stand as the oceans roar, let the earth shake beneath me, let the mountains roar. You are God over the storms, and I, even I, AM YOURS."
#ruthstravel 💛 #storyteller .
Oh, and here's to the joy of make up free days💃🏾, turbans that obey at one tie👳, and elevators that are/were our way HOME on most days! 🥂